The Saskathewan government has said that parents of an 18 month old girl who was screaming in pain for three weeks on a Saskatchewan hospital waiting list are responsible for the travel and hotel expenses for their trip to Edmonton. The parents, frustrated with the Saskatchewan wait, drove to Edmonton where the baby was diagnosed with leukemia. The government is refusing to pay their travel expenses.
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The girl's Aunt Alisa Worobetz says her 18 month old niece was in so much pain she couldn't walk. They tried getting help in Saskatoon but were according to Worobetz ignored and told to come back at a later time. They got help in Edmonton and they got it immediately. Now she tells CJME's John Gormley they have a diagnosis from an Edmonton doctor, cancer. She says had they stayed in Saskatoon they would have had to wait another 3 weeks for their niece to get care.Let's be clear about the issue here. Due to legislation in Saskatchewan, it is illegal to operate a private hospital. Therefore, it is impossible to obtain health care in our province if the government is unable or unwilling to provide those services.
Is it "OK" for the government to legislate our right to health care away from us? Why can I spend money on my dog's health, but not on my son's? This is insane. And we are unique in the world on this. Only Cuba and North Korea have similar restrictions. If this young family's situation doesn't illustrate the absurdity of the monopoly health system for you, nothing will.
For some of the commentors around here, would you just sit back and take this crap because the interests of the many outweigh the life of your child? Or is there a line to be drawn somewhere, that transcends backward ideology?